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Great Lakes Marine Sales and Service prepares for ‘The Fall Day of Fun’

Fall is definitely in the air, and with it comes a fun day on the water. If you love boating, enjoy eating fresh fish and just plain talking about being on the water, then you will want to mark Sunday, Oct. 2 on your calendar for the 8th annual Great Lakes Marine Sales and Service’s annual “Fall Day of Fun!”

The Ritz will be the tournament headquarters and the docks will be lined with the latest Premier Pontoons and Alumacraft boats. Throughout the day, those in attendance will have the chance to take demo rides and ask questions about the two marine lines.

For those who want to fish, there is the annual fishing tournament that kicks off the day’s activities at 7 a.m. Cost to enter the contest is $10 per boat (for a team of two), and you can sign up early at Great Lakes Marine for the chance at an early bird registration prize or register on October 2 at The Ritz between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. The tournament ends at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest combined weight of five perch, five bluegills, five crappies, five white bass/yellow bass. Awards will also go to the heaviest fish and for the smallest fish brought to the scale.

The fish caught will be weighed and cleaned for a special fish fry, which begins at 3 p.m. with the rest of the “fixins” prepared by Taylor and her staff at The Ritz.

Prizes and awards will be given out at the fish fry.

Shane and Christa and the rest of the Great Lakes Marine staff say, “Thank you for another great year. Choose your fun…choose your boat…choose Great Lakes Marine.”

As we move into mid-September and later into October, there are so many hunting seasons going on, that a lot of people just put their boats and fishing equipment away. However, this is also the time of year when the fish really put on ‘the feed bag!”

Basically, it becomes pick your passion. See what I mean:

* Yellows on Minnewashta

* Yellows, perch and bluegills on East Okoboji

* Bluegills, crappies, perch and yellow bass on West Okoboji

* Perch on Big Spirit

* Bluegills and crappies on Center Lake

* Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass on Big Spirit and West Okoboji

* Walleyes (pulling plugs) on East Okoboji, Big Spirit and Silver Lake

* Walleyes on all of the lakes (using waders-find the moving water)

* Muskies on Big Spirit and West Okoboji

* Catfish on East Okoboji

See what I mean?

Here again, there are so many options that it’s tough to find enough hours in the week to try them all. This also becomes the time that a boat isn’t necessary for all of these opportunities. Many of these fish will be cruising the shoreline, so wader fishing is a great option. Plus, a public dock might work or a fishing pier or the trestle.

As for the weather, it can be awesome. Kind of the calm before the storm as late fall turns to winter, but that means ice fishing…see what I mean?


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